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· Iowa Pork President Says New State Ag Protection Law Should Hold Up
· Courts continue battle over ag trespass laws
· PETA Statement: Iowa ‘Ag-Protection’ Bill
Iowa Pork President Says New State Ag Protection Law Should Hold Up
Radio 570 WNAX (SD)
Jun 22, 2020
This year’s Iowa legislature approved a new ag protection law that was watered down from previous attempts that couldn’t survive court challenges. Iowa Pork Producers Association President Mike Paustian says this is needed as a matter of food safety and is a good trespass prevention measure.
He thinks this legislation will hold up and really isn’t what some call an Ag Gag law.
Paustian says as long as visitors call ahead and then follow proper bio security, they’re usually welcome on farms and ranches. He also says often times those who are caught trespassing reoffend and just cause more problems.
Paustian says most pork producers...
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Courts continue battle over ag trespass laws
Iowa governor signs third ag trespass bill into law, while federal judge overturns North Carolina ag-gag law.
Jacqui Fatka, Feedstuffs
Jun 16, 2020
Late Friday, a federal judge struck down as unconstitutional a North Carolina law to designed to limit undisclosed videoing on farms. The action in North Carolina came just days after the Iowa governor signed into law an updated ag trespass law to protect livestock producers.
In Iowa, legislation furthers the protection and security of Iowa’s livestock producers by increasing penalties for those who commit trespass at various agricultural facilities, including livestock barns and meat processors. The agricultural trespass language was part of a broader farm bill that Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed. It’s Iowa’s third attempt to have language on the books to penalize individuals who are found trespassing.
The new law makes the first offense an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison; each additional offense is a class D felony, which carries a sentence of up to five years.
A federal judge ruled Iowa’s first such law as unconstitutional in 2019. The state is appealing that ruling. The same judge issued a preliminary injunction in 2019 on a follow-up bill that could be in place while the first law was challenged.
Meanwhile, North Carolina’s law – called the Anti-Sunshine Law -- was found unconstitutional by a federal judge.
The state legislature overrode a veto of the bill by former Gov. Pat McCrory in June 2015, and the law took effect on Jan. 1, 2016. In early 2016, a coalition of animal protection, consumer rights, food safety and whistleblower protection organizations filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of this North Carolina law designed to deter whistleblowers and undercover investigators from publicizing information about corporate misconduct.
The plaintiff group in this challenge consists of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Center for Food Safety, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Farm Sanctuary, Food & Water Watch, Government Accountability Project, Farm Forward and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals...
PETA Statement: Iowa ‘Ag-Protection’ Bill
June 10, 2020
Des Moines, Iowa – Please see the following statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk regarding SF 2413, the Iowa “ag-protection” law passed earlier tonight that could result in harsh penalties for whistleblowers and animal advocates seeking to expose cruelty in the state’s meat industry:
At a time when the meat industry is baking animals to death because many slaughterhouses are closed and putting workers and consumers at risk by keeping COVID-19–riddled slaughterhouses open, protecting them from public scrutiny is inexcusable pandering at the expense of human health and animal welfare. Lawmakers are attempting another chilling restriction on free speech, and PETA urges Iowa to focus its economy on crops like soybeans, oats, and more—so there’s no reason for secrecy and no one gets hurt.
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat,” and we oppose speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.